Take a day trip or enjoy a relaxing few days discovering this bio-diverse region and experience stunning landscapes, historic towns and amazing sights.
So hit the road on a touring route, make your own way around, or follow some of these suggested itineraries and see the wonders of Australia’s Green Cauldron for yourself.
With the ancient volcanic caldera of Wollumbin (Mt Warning) National Park at its centre, the main drive of The Rainforest Way leads you through the heart of Australia’s Green Cauldron, linking the towns and villages of Casino, Kyogle, Rathdowney, Beaudesert, Gold Coast, Tamborine Mountain, Murwillumbah, Nimbin, Lismore and Byron Bay.
With 14 World Heritage-listed National Parks and over 650kms of scenic drives to explore, you can easily spend a week. Experience the high waterfalls crashing into steep gorges and stunning escarpments with incredible vistas. There is an amazing concentration of primitive plants, including the world’s highest concentration of ancient Antarctic Beech trees, hundreds of kilometres of walking tracks and over 170 bird species to discover.
Then there are the numerous art galleries, cafes and wineries, fresh local produce crafted into tantalising delicacies, as well as alternative lifestyle communities where you can spend hours exploring all these hidden cultural wonders and getting back to nature.
With 11 loops and trails from a half-day to full-day experiences, you can choose a rainforest hinterland experience to suit you. No matter where you are starting from you can easily access an enchanting glimpse of these amazing rainforests, short walks into lush green stands of ancient ferns and palms, crystal clear streams that you can picnic beside or just stand and take in the gorgeous views.
Heading north from Sydney along the Pacific Ocean coastline to Brisbane, this scenic drive travels through some of the most striking landscape. An almost continuous line of surf beaches, national parks and a hinterland of rolling green hills and friendly villages make this a great drive.
This four day drive takes in the towns of Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby, and Bangalow. There’s suggested stops along the way to immerse in the local food and culture, enjoy the many activities on offer – or relax at one of the many spas or treatment rooms.
A series of day trips from Springbrook Mountain travelling through quaint towns such as Chillingham, Murwillumbah, and Uki, and Wollumbin (Mt Warning) National Park.
This circuit takes in the most popular spots in Springbrook and are easily accessible for all visitors regardless of fitness levels. To download the 5 Must See Places’ brochure click here.
Drive along Main Western Road and pull in at one of the many vantage points that offer spectacular views of the valley below and beyond. From Tamborine Mountain, there are views to the Gold Coast and to the continuing chain of mountains around the spectacular Scenic Rim.
This trip takes in two local wineries and delivers you to O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat and the Lamington National Park. Or from Canungra head east out of town towards Tamborine and take in the Tamborine Mountains.
This round-trip trip takes in quaint villages like Crystal Creek, Chillingham, Limpinwood, Tyalgum and Eunglla. There’s suggested stops along the way to meet some of the colourful characters – artists, farmers, celebrity chefs, environmentalists, animal lovers and plenty more.
The Tweed Range Scenic Drive through Border Ranges National Park is one of Northern NSW’s best kept secrets and travels along the high rim of an ancient volcanic caldera. World-heritage listed rainforests, Antarctic beech forests dating back 2000 years, spectacular lookouts across the Tweed Valley to Wollumbin (Mt Warning) and plenty of bushwalking tracks make this an unforgettable experience.
With an abundant rainfall and sub-tropical climate, the Tweed Valley is a veritable Garden of Eden where virtually anything will grow. Taste the Tweed and visit working farms, roadside stalls, ‘locavore’ markets and country cafes.
Endless stretches of beaches, rolling surf, tranquil inlets and quiet fishing villages are the inspiration for some of our most iconic artworks and photography. Enjoy a scenic trail and stop and view Mother Nature’s handiwork, as well as the creations of the colourful and eclectic art community.
Drive through the northern region of the Upper Clarence, an area noted for its cultural significance and complex natural environment. This is a half day circuit drive which can be accessed from the Mt Lindesay Highway.
A half day drive through the Kyogle regions most productive farmland first settled in 1840, experience history, culture and scenic beauty. The Drive explores some of the district’s best farming land, while providing spectacular views across the north of Richmond Valley to the Border Ranges and Wollumbin (Mt Warning).
If you are planning a trip to the region, here are some useful links to find other scenic self drive itineraries.